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Night Vision's Top 10 Must-See Acts of Shambhala 2016

Do we really need an introduction here? Shambhala is under a week away (ahhhhh!!!!) and it’s tough to contain the excitement, but relaxbreathewe’re almost there. In the 18 years since its first iteration, Shambhala has grown from an event of a few hundred people to that of 15000, and stands among the world’s (yes, the world’s) greatest electronic music festivals. With a wide variety of genres and styles represented across six stages, there is a taste for everyone on the menu. With that in mind, we’ve scoured the schedule and drawn up our top 10 acts that have us most tickled at camp NV. Let’s get to it!

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Reflections on Shambhala

[Due to the somewhat personal and offbeat nature of this post, we’ve decided not to attach the author’s name to this article. For a lot of you out there it’s going to be apparent who this is, but we know they’d appreciate it if you kept it to yourself (online at least, if you want to talk in person, or shoot them a private message, that’s all gravy baby :) ] – the Night Vision Team

 

Photo courtesy of Eye of the Mind Photography

Photo courtesy of Eye of the Mind Photography

          I’m struggling to find a way to kick this off. I’m sitting here, staring at my screen, searching for that perfect opening line that simultaneously grabs the reader and sets the tone for the rest of the article, but it’s just not coming. And you know what? That’s okay. Because this isn’t English class and there are no grades to be had.  While the rules for Good Writing have obvious benefits, they are not laws to be adhered to blindly—they can be bent, broken, and altogether disregarded. And while disregarding the rules will oftentimes lead to some real garbage, so too will it produce works of brilliance by allowing creativity to flourish. So, you might be wondering, “What the shit is this guy talking about? I thought this was going to be about Shambhala.” Don’t worry, I’m gettin’ to it.

First off, I am normally a very private person. I don’t typically offer too much about myself with people whom I don’t know or feel comfortable, so this article is going to be uncharted territory. For reasons that will soon become clear, I came back from this year’s Shambhala feeling particularly driven. While returning from the farm feeling warm, fuzzy, and inspired is by no means a new sensation, the passion to share my thoughts and experiences was. Before typing a single sentence I began by asking myself, “What am I trying to convey? What is my goal here?” And here it is: through relating my personal experience from not only this year, but all my years at Shambhala, I hope to help facilitate understanding of the event, the culture it has created, and of course, its patrons.  Who is this aimed at? Ideally, it‘s for everyone: the die-hards, the casuals, the curious, the disinterested, the used-to-go-but-have-become-disenchanteds and even da haterz. Alright, enough with the preamble, let’s get into it.

My first time attending Shambhala came back in 2009 at the not-too-young but not-too-old age of 20. My best friend (who I’ll refer to as “P” from here on out) and I had both heard whisperings of this music festival in BC full of “naked hippies” where you could find “anything you wanted”.  That was literally all the info we had before embarking on the 10-hour ride to Salmo. We knew that the music was going to be mostly electronic, but it was by no means what drew us to the festival. I had a passing familiarity with exactly two artists on the lineup going into it and I knew absolutely nothing of the stages, the river, the grounds or anything. Straight up, we went for the adventure.

"Just about every dumb thing you could do, we did."

We arrived Thursday night, spending about 2 hours slowly traversing the dirt road in, car tuned to the now-absent Shambhala radio station, still unaware of what was about to hit us. Maybe it was the costumes we slowly started to see, maybe it was the (to our virgin minds) absurd number of glowing articles bobbing along the pathways, or maybe it was our parking attendant declaring, apropos of nothing, “I smell ketamiiiiiiiine”, that we started to realize just how weird this place was. Upon parking our car, we grabbed our tent and bags and searched for a camping spot. The more we saw (and to be honest, it wasn’t much—we hadn’t even ventured downtown yet), the more eager we became to set up our tent and get to exploring. So, after about 10 minutes of looking around haphazardly in the dark, we decided to plant ourselves in what was objectively the dustiest, hardest packed, and, we would soon find out, hottest spot imaginable. That was the start of our Shambhala.

Now, I could continue on, providing a chronological play-by-play of my year 1 experience, but to do so would be disingenuous. The fact is, the years have a tendency to blend together, and given that it’s been 6 years since first having my mind blown at the farm, it’s tough to recall the exact emotions, experiences and epiphanies I might have had. There is no doubt that Shambhala changed me as a person, but how, when, and to what degree over the course of 6 years is impossible to determine. Instead, I think it will be more fruitful to tell the tale in more general terms, while still sprinkling in some of the specific nuggets I do remember.

One such nugget that I recall vividly from my first year was just how awful we were at everything. Just about every dumb thing you could do, we did. Setting up with no lights, in the dark, in not only a terrible camping spot, but smack-dab in the middle of someone else’s shit? Check.  Missing poles and wrong instructions for our tent? You bet! Incidentally, it was through our incompetence that we got our first taste of the helping & community-focused culture at Shambhala, or, Shambhalove. The people whose campsite we disrupted were not only unmiffed by our intrusion, but they helped us MacGyver our tent into something workable for the weekend. Although this kind of altruism is not exclusive to Shambhala, it nevertheless set the tone for the festival, and helped educate some newbies as to what the place was all about.

Photo by Michael Benz.

Photo by Michael Benz.

As we explored the festival, the presence of Shambhalove  became increasingly apparent from not only the festival’s patrons, but its organizers as well. There was a relaxation zone known as ‘The Sanctuary’ for people to go if they were feeling distraught or overwhelmed, a refreshingly friendly and courteous security staff, and a tent in the middle of downtown offering free, non-judgmental drug testing and information. They had little cards and pamphlets dedicated to various recreational drugs (all of which I grabbed and perused later in my tent) that explained what each substance did, how it worked, and the dangers of taking them together. This approach to drug use known as “harm reduction” aims to help patrons through education, rather than incarceration. Although I do not know when the harm reduction tent was first employed at Shambhala, there is no doubt in my mind that the concept would have been extremely controversial when it was first rolled out, and I’m very inspired and thankful that they have stuck with their avant-garde approach to drug safety. Due in large part to its success at Shambhala, the harm reduction strategy is finally gaining some traction as a legitimately-viewed policy across the country.

So, remember how I talked about how awful we were at everything? That didn’t stop with our tent. For that first year, we were those kids. We didn’t have any costumes or flair, so we bought glow sticks; didn’t have the discipline to keep our cooler stocked with ice, so we bought all our meals; and, most painfully of all, we learned the hard that way that what goes up must come down. Each night was filled with blissful euphoria, and each morning with punishing torment. And even though we’d wake up every day sweating like mad, feeling unmotivated and undernourished in our blistering hot tent, the feelings and memories from the night before powered us through each rude awakening. “Now, you’re not just going to gloss over that “blissful euphoria part are ya?” Of course not, but first, let’s go back a bit.

"the greatest change that Shambhala instilled upon me was how to simply not give a fuck"

Coming into the festival I had a very limited amount of exposure to dance music and festival culture in general. While I had slowly become more and more interested in electronic music prior to Shambhala, I was still an extremely shy, self-conscious, socially anxious kid that never felt comfortable meeting new people, let alone dancing with them. I could loosen up after a few drinks sure, but I never truly felt confident in my own skin. I remained very much in my own head, always wondering how I was coming across to other people. Without a doubt, the greatest change that Shambhala instilled upon me was how to simply not give a fuck.  Part of the idea of Shambhalove is encouraging and accepting free expression. Everyone is out there acting freaky in their own kind of way, and no one stares, judges or condemns (and if they are, they’re keeping it to themselves). The feeling of confidence that stems from acting how you want to act, without fear of judgment, is therapeutic to a degree that words could never adequately describe. The realization that the social rules and barriers that once governed you are, in fact, illusory, grants a feeling of freedom like no other. And most precious of all, it’s a feeling that does not dissipate when the festival is over—it stays with you. From that first night on, I was a changed person.

When we returned from Shambhala, we told everyone who would listen about our experience. We talked endlessly about the mind-boggling production, the world-class DJs, the beautiful mountain scenery, and of course, the naked hippies. Shambhala was a place that we knew we had to share. And you know what happened? Not one of our friends joined us for year 2! Although we were disappointed, we were not surprised. Words and pictures can only say so much—there’s no substitute for real, visceral, human experience.

So there we went, back to the farm one year later, just the two of us, a little older and slightly less stupid. What did we take away from year 2? Well, we learned alllllllll about the grueling 16-hour wait in line that, in arriving so late the year before, we had serendipitously avoided. That was a tough one, I’ll tell ya, but it did serve to make year 2 that much sweeter once we finally made it inside.

Photo by Michael Benz

Photo by Michael Benz

"Have no doubts about it, the people that run the place are always striving to make it better."

Year 3 was a special year. Finally, all of our ranting and raving back home had paid off, and we convinced a number of our friends to make the trek down and see the magic first hand. Watching a new group go through the same feelings of wonder and excitement that we had experienced ourselves was immeasurably rewarding. But that’s not why the year was special to me. The year was special because I came to see just how powerful an influence the Shambhala experience could be on a friendship. While P and I had been close from the beginning, I was not nearly as comfortable with most of our year 3 companions going in. We knew each other decently well from attending shows together back home, but we weren’t that tight. It was through our shared shedding of insecurities, our shared barrier-breaking, and our shared “just getting fucking weird together” that we forged bonds that to this day remain strong as ever. While year 1 was a watershed moment in my internal development as a person, year 3 was when I saw how deep and meaningful a friendship could become. It is this aspect of Shambhala that I have come to look forward to most. It’s not the stages, it’s not the party, it’s not even the music—it’s the happiness I feel from seeing people I love letting everything go and being their true selves.

From that first journey down to the farm in 2009, I have watched Shambhala evolve, and myself along with it. Each year I get a little smarter, a little better at managing the craziness. From scoping new places to camp (and figuring out how to snag those spots!), to discovering the best foods and snacks to take down, to finding the best places to score costumes, Shambhala is a learning experience that never stops. It has become a place so intertwined with my personality and my progression as a human that it’s impossible to say who I would be without it.

Now, Shambhala is by no means perfect, but you know what? They do listen! I’ve written letters and filled out surveys, and each time my concerns were addressed by the next year. Have no doubts about it, the people that run the place are always striving to make it better. By this point they could coast by on their reputation and bank some extra money, but they don’t. Each year they upgrade and improve the festival in new and unpredictable ways (I mean, how badass was the Grove?? Hard to believe how far it’s come in just 2 years).

"I was one of those over-energized young weirdos, only there for the party, running around the Fractal Forest, bothering strangers, dancing like a nut, climbing on speakers, and generally acting like a fool"

Alright so, we get it, you love Shambhala, congrats dude! Are you just about done? No, not quite, so buckle in a little longer. It may surprise you to hear that there are some things that I don’t like about the festival *gasp*.  There’s a rather large elephant in the room that has been hitherto under-discussed, and that’s the issue of drugs. When I talk about Shambhala back in the Real World, I’m usually met with a statement to the effect of “Oh, that’s the one where a bunch of hippies/ravers/degenerates go to get fucked up in the mountains right?” Admittedly, it’s a statement that is not altogether untrue, but one that paints the festival with a narrow, hedonistic brush. It hurts me that this is the prevailing view of Shambhala among those who have never been. As someone who will soon be entering a professional program, it terrifies me what kind of conclusions people might draw about me if they were to hear where I go every August (writing this piece scares me a bit too, but whatevs I’m doing it anyway). It scares me enough that I generally avoid the subject altogether with people whom I don’t know well. Hold up bozo, didn’t you say earlier that you learned to not give fucks about what people think? Isn’t this a contradiction? You’re right, it is. But such is the world we live in. Do I like it? Of course not, but I’m not naïve. Am I over-reacting? Do I have it wrong? It’s possible. But this hedonistic view of Shambhala is not only limited to those who’ve never been—there are plenty of people who have gone and not returned who view it the same way.

Listen, I’m no saint. I’ve dabbled. But the drugs are not the defining feature of the festival—every music festival has drugs. They’re not the reason people go home and rage to their friends about the life-changing experience they had. Yes, you will see some downright reckless behavior. You will see people being ridiculous and obnoxious and a lot of times you won’t like it. But this, I posit, is the cost of free expression. While you will see a great deal of beauty and creativity, sometimes—oftentimes—you’ll get stuff that you just don’t gel with. Over the past 3 years, I’ve spent maybe 2 nighttime hours in the Village. For the most part, that stage and its vibe scares me. It just makes me feel icky. But, I am not the grand arbiter of taste that gets to decide what is Good and what is Bad. I know there are thousands of people for whom the raw energy of the Village provides a great deal of happiness (not to mention the stage itself is absolutely incredible.). Is it for me? Not at all. Would I do away with it? Of course not. How selfish would that be? While the Village might not tickle my particular brand of freakiness, there are many for whom it does, and to deprive them of that simply because I do not personally enjoy it is just wrong.

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It would be easy to dismiss Shambhala as merely a hedonistic destination for dumbass kids to run wild in the mountains, but consider this: I was one of those kids. I was one of those over-energized young weirdos, only there for the party, running around the Fractal Forest, bothering strangers, dancing like a nut, climbing on speakers, and generally acting a fool. Is that who am I now? Hell no. Do I regret it? Absolutely not! Because that led me to becoming the person I am today. The best thing one can do to improve the festival is to be the change you want to see. Help people out when they need it. Bring extra waters to the dance floor. Pick up trash off the beach. Coach the newbies and help them become better participants. Show’em some Shambhalove.

So how does one change the public perception? I can’t say for sure—hell, I can’t say whether it even needs changing (believe me, I’d love to be wrong)—but for me, this article is my contribution. With certain changes coming soon to my life, I felt that it was something I not only wanted, but, felt obligated, to do.  Shambhala is more than the party, it’s more than the music and it’s even more than the people—it’s an experiment that transforms everything we believe the world to be. I don’t mean to go all “baby’s first acid trip” on you but it’s the truth! People come, and they leave changed for the better. Every year I go back I’m recharged, re-inspired, and ready to bring that energy back home with me. And it’s not just me, it’s everyone here at Night Vision. Those tenets of acceptance and community are something we strive to build and emulate here in Edmonton. We’re trying to bring the change we want to see to our home. Are we perfect? Of course not, but we know what we’re striving for.

If you’ve made it this far, thank you—and I mean that sincerely. Featured below is this year’s edition of DMT’s annual Shambhalove mix. Although it was mixed by our boys DMT, it was a collaborative effort between the whole Night Vision crew to try and capture our time at Shambhala. The mix contains tracks that illustrate some of our favourite moments at the farm, and it follows the progression of a night at a festival: starting at sunset, going into the party hour, through the deepest, darkest part of the night, and breaking through with euphoria as the sun comes up.

 

Finally, shout out to Kill Frenzy, Dusky, Kry Wolf, Jesse Rose, Amtrac, Bonobo and Kidnap Kid for laying down my favorite performances of the year; shout out to the Amphitheatre for blowing me away with their new stage design and lighting; shout out to the Grove for creating the best sounding, most beautiful stage of the festival; shout out to the girl who brought a stack of pizzas to the Pagoda dance floor—you’re a legend; shout out to the guy I met in the cafeteria for explaining why you call it the “Kay-Dome”—you had us laughing and repeating that line all weekend; shout out to my Night Vision family for being the best friends a guy could ever ask for; and shout out to my girlfriend who I love dearly and helped make this year the most special yet. Thanks for reading and I’ll see ya next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Night Vision's Top 15 Must-See Acts of Shambhala 2015!

Has it been a year already? With just over a week before our pilgrimage to Western Canada’s most illustrious electronic music festival begins, the hype is getting way, way too real. The excitement truly began to take hold back in March, with the announcement of what is—and we say this without a drop of hyperbole—the best lineup that Shambhala has ever produced. With acts ranging from mainstream, to underground, to straight up curveballs (DJ Jazzy Jeff anyone?), there’s enough depth and variety to satisfy even the snootiest of tastes. Those familiar with the farm know that even the best laid plans canand willbe thrown to the wind once the night takes hold and our ears become our only guides; nevertheless, indulge us for a moment if you will as we present our top 15 must-see acts at Shambhala 2015.

(In order of appearance)


Ardalan

When: Friday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Where: The Pagoda

With each passing year, San Francisco’s dirtybird records’ presence at Shambhala grows bigger and bigger. At long last, that presence has culminated in a full-on Friday night takeover at the Pagoda—a takeover fans have been begging for, but never quite convinced would become reality. With each act bringing their own style, occupying their own niche within the showcase itself, the music is sure to stay fresh all day & night.

Kicking things off is rising star and Night Vision’s biggest crush: Ardalan. Having already released one of the songs of the summer with his remix of Billy Kenny’s “I Eat Beats”, the future looks brighter and brighter every day for this gem. Pack a lunch and join the Night Vision crew in busting first moves of the dirtybird takeover. Meet you in front of the subs.


Cause & Affect

When: Friday, 7:20pm – 8:40pm

Where: The Pagoda

If you find yourself longing for some big, invigorating UK Garage basslines, look no further than Cause & Affect. Consisting of 2014 headliner Chris Lorenzo and Birmingham’s Kane, the duo have found themselves at the forefront of the (dubiously named) “Jackin House” movement. No matter what you call it, after witnessing Lorenzo and his co-conspirator Hannah Wants ignite the Pagoda just one year ago, we strongly urge all of our readers to check these boys out!


DJ Harvey

When: Friday Night, 8:00pm – 12:00am

Where: The Living room

Although he was once dubbed the Keith Richards of DJs by Rolling Stone, DJ Harvey fancies himself more of a Frank Zappa character: “He’s naughty, intellectual, and dangerous.” Whatever you want to call him, there’s no denying Harvey exudes a rock star aura that has followed him over a career spanning nearly 3 decades. With an ocean-deep record collection full of retro house, techno, disco, and funk gems that could only be accumulated through 25+ years of digging, you’d be mad not to catch a piece of this gargantuan, 4-hour Friday night slot at the beach.


Shiba san

When: Friday Night, 11:20pm – 12:40am

Where: The Pagoda

We really can’t miss this one here at Night Vision. Since the start of the summer, the man behind 2014’s ubiquitous club banger “Okay” has been rinsing Adam Johan & Nick Garcia’s “Get It Girl”—a track released on our very own Night Vision Music (and, admittedly, it was kind’ve a Big Deal for our fledging label). Look for the giant group hug with the shirtless, curly-haired Jerk at the centre should Shiba sneak this one into his set. Self-indulgence aside, we’re very excited to see what the man at the head of the G-house movement will bring to the Pagoda subs.


Justin Martin

When: Friday Night, 12:40am – 2:00am

Where: The Pagoda

Do we really need to explain this one? Surely we don’t need to mention how, besides DJ Soup, Justin is the only DJ to play the Pagoda for the past 3 years straight, or how he has a new album dropping soon, or how our bi-weekly Night Vision meetings contain the highest density of Justin Martin fanboys per square-metre worldwide. It’s no secret that we love the guy, and we can’t wait to be there when he blows up the Pagoda once again.


Claude vonstroke

When: Friday Night, 2:00am – 3:20am

Where: The Pagoda

To kick off his last Shambhala set back in 2012, the dirtybird boss and head tastemaker declared with a huge smile “My name is Claude VonStroke, and I’m VERY happy to be here tonight.” In print, his words seem unremarkable, but those in attendance know they were spoken with the honesty and exuberance of someone who appreciates the enormity of a headliner slot at Shambhala. Returning for the first time in 3 years, expect CVS to not only play the newest bombs flowing down the dirtybird pipeline—that much is obvious—but exclusive, unreleased edits and other special surprises you’ll only ever hear live. Remember last time when he dropped that “Next Episode” edit? I’m getting chills just thinking about it.


Dusky

When: Friday Night, 3:20am – 4:40am

Where: The Pagoda

For most acts, following someone as enormous as Claude VonStroke would be a daunting task, but if any two dudes can do it, it’s Dusky. As anyone who caught their Night Vision debut last June can attest, these giants—both figuratively and literally (have you seen how tall these dudes are?)—of house and techno know their craft. Expect a flawlessly mixed set of driving, ethereal house and techno, a side of feels and a hint of rave-cheese for good measure. As an added bonus, be on the look out for DMT’s Malcs—he’ll be the guy crying manly tears of joy at the front of the dance floor.


DJ Jazzy Jeff

When: Saturday Night, 9:00pm – 10:30pm

Where: The Fractal Forest

If you were surprised to see DJ Jazzy Jeff on the Shambhala lineup, well…you’re not alone! If you grew up in the 80s, no doubt you’ll know him from his work with the Fresh Prince (AKA Will Smith) or, if you grew up in the 90s, you’ll know him as the guy who’s always getting unceremoniously tossed from Uncle Phil’s house. Nevertheless, this isn’t one of those celebrity-turned-gimmick-DJs we’ve seen in recent years. This is your chance to see a true legend of the DJ craft laying it down in the funkiest,  wildest, and yeah we’re saying it, greatest venue in the world: the Fractal Forest. Expect to hear a mixture of R&B, hip-hop and some world-class scratching.


tipper

When/Where:  Saturday Night, 1:00am – 2:00am at The Grove

                        Sunday Evening, 8:30pm - 9:30pm at The Living Room

With two sets scheduled for the godfather of glitch-hop, we can’t decide which one we’re more excited to see. Saturday night in the Grove he’ll be at his heaviest, working those beautiful Funktion-One speakers and backed by the psychedelic, mind-bending visuals of digital artist Android Jones. Sunday evening will see him play a softer, slower vibe as he brings in the sunset on the beach. Whatever your flavour, Tipper is bound to impress.


DJ zinc

When: Saturday Night, 1:00am – 2:30am

Where: The Fractal Forest

Rumour has it that DJ Zinc has something very special in store for his Fractal Forest debut. The man behind 1995’s seminal drum and bass classic “Super Sharp Shooter” was a major force in the genre for over a decade. In 2007, he left DNB citing “disenchantment with the scene” before going on to produce more house-leaning cuts, such as the 2009 monster hit “Blunt Edge”.
When the Shambhala lineup was announced, Zinc declared that he’d be returning to his DNB and jungle roots. Whether he’ll mix it up with some four to the floor is anyone’s guess, but either way we’re sure it’s gonna be fire. It is very seldom that this 20-year veteran plays on North American soil, so you don’t want to miss what might be your only chance to see DJ Zinc.


KRY Wolf

When: Saturday Night, 1:30am – 3:00am

Where: The Amphitheatre

Alongside Shadow Child, UK duo Kry Wolf head one of Night Vision’s favourite labels: the delectable, mouth-watering and always appetizing, Food Music. They’ll be leading the charge at this year’s Saturday night house jam in the Amphitheatre, and considering the variety of selections displayed on the label’s “DNA” compilation earlier this year, we’re very eager to hear what kinds of sounds they’ll bring to their first Shambhala.


Jesse Rose

When: Saturday Night, 2:30am – 4:00am

Where: The Fractal Forest

Seeing Jesse Rose’s name on this year’s poster was one of the biggest, most delightful surprises of the entire lineup announcement; the fact that he’ll be making his Shambhala debut in the Fractal Forest is just icing on the cake. Having held residencies at Paris’ Wagg, and the world-renowned Panorama Bar in Berlin, Mr. Rose is a rare treat indeed. Having already headed three outstanding record labels (Front Room, Made to Play, Play It Down), Rose kicked off his newest project “A-Sided” with “Bare Mountain”—a collaboration he did with a little known artist by the name of Claude VonStroke. What do we expect to hear from Mr. Rose? Groovy, bouncy, straight-up house music. While his timeslot directly conflicts with the festival’s much-speculated-on *~*~mystery headliner~*~*, nothing short of Frankie Knuckles’ ghost on the Pagoda decks will be gettin’ us out of the forest.


BONOBO

When: Sunday Night, 11:30pm – 1:30am

Where: The Grove

Who out there doesn’t have a soft spot for Bonobo? If such a person indeed exists, we don’t wanna know’em. Kiddddding….(but actually). Last year’s Starlite show was nothing short of magical, and we expect it will be no different when we pack into the Grove on Sunday night. Deep, elegant and eclectic grooves are what’s on the schedule, and it’s all gonna be pumpin’ from that sexy F1 rig. It really is a dream come true.


CAMO & KROOKED

When: Sunday Night, 12:00am – 1:30am

Where: The Village

What would Shambhala be without a little drum and bass sesh in the Village?! From the Hospital Records family, Austrian duo Camo & Krooked are easily one of the hottest DNB outfits in the game. With a fourth full-length album on the way soon, expect to hear a shwack of new material.


AC Slater

When: Sunday Night, 2:30am – 4:00am

Where: The Fractal forest

If you made the trek to Shambhala back in 2009, chances are you remember—errrr, chances are you were there at least (wink), for the AC Slater & Jack Beats combo in the Fractal Forest. From that time when fidget-house was all the rage, AC Slater ventured into the dubstep scene before returning once again to the bass-driven house-ish sounds we once knew. Having recently turned his L.A. club night “Night Bass” into a full-on label, AC Slater’s primed to take his career to even new heights with support from the likes of Chris Lorenzo, DJ Q and Taiki Nulight. What better way to start closing the festival than with some high-energy house and garage, before Fractal stage director Rich-e-Rich’s mandatory Monday morning session? Sleep? Never heard of it…


And that’s a wrap! Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Shambhala kiddos. Stay safe and don’t be afraid to pop in to the Night Vision camp for a quick hello! Just look for the eye in the sky…

Written by Malcs & Trevor Olsson

Episode 8 of the Night Vision Podcast: DMT's Shambhalove 2014 Mix

This month's podcast features something special as usual podcast hosts DMT deliver their Shambhalove 2014 mix. From the dudes themselves:

"The Shambhalove mix series began last year as an attempt to recapture some of the magical moments we shared with our crew not only at Shambhala, but over the summer as a whole. Some tracks we heard at festivals, some we heard en route in the car, and some were included simply because they fit the vibe so well! Of all the mixes we've made, these ones are closest to our hearts so we hope you enjoy this year's iteration. It's as much for you as it is for us! Thank you all so so much for listening!"

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Tracklist:
Galcher Lustwerk - Put On [White Material]
Chaim - Blue Shadow [Rumors]
Ten Walls - Walking With Elephants [BOSO]
Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons - Lovers' Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Najariya) [Crosstown Rebels]
Claude VonStroke - CaliFuture (Dub Version) [dirtybird]
Tiga - Bugatti [Turbo Recordings]
Mark Starr - Mortem (Pete Graham & Marc Spence Remix) [Sounds of Sumo]
Josh Wink - Are You There? (Ben Klock Remix) [Ovum Recordings]
Henry Krinkle - Stay (Justin Martin Remix) [Ultra]
London Grammar - Hey Now (Bonobo Remix) [Metal & Dust Recordings]
GusGus - Crossfade (Maceo Plex Mix) [Kompakt]
New Order - Blue Monday [Factory]
James Welsh - C64 [Shabby Doll Records]

https://soundcloud.com/night-vision-music/podcast-episode-8-dmt-shambhalove-2014-mix